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by Jason Creasy, MileSplitNC, Jan. 11, 2017

This season is the second year that competitions at Pole Vault Carolina (located in Durham, North Carolina) can qualify you for the NCHSAA State Championships, and many vaulters in North Carolina are taking advantage of that, and the excellent training facilities that Pole Vault Carolina has to offer.

Aside from offering many Pole Vault meets throughout the season, Coach Jose San Miguel offers training clinics ranging from beginner’s clinics, to major clinics that are lead by Olympic coaches such as Jim Bemiller and recent Olympic Bronze Medalist coach, Scott Kendricks! They regularly offer 5 training sessions per week with the following schedule below:

Beginner’s Clinic (most) Sundays at 1:00PM
Sundays 3:00 PM open session
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday open session at 5:00PM
Pole Vault Carolina guarantees results. If an athlete attends practice 3 times a week for 60 days and does not improve at least a foot, they will receive a month of coaching free!
More information on these can be found on their website,

Last season Coach Jose coached 8 athletes to the indoor state championship, 30 athletes to outdoor regionals, and 17 to the outdoor state championships. Also, during the 2016 season, Pole Vault Carolina athletes improved an average of 21.5 inches! During the current season, the results seem similar with many athletes kicking off their indoor season with new PR’s, notably Jacob Hickerson (Chapel Hill Sophomore) who has jumped a state leading 14-0, which is a 28″ PR; Elise Hall (Leesville Road Sophomore) who has jumped 11’1, an 11″ PR; and Skyler Noble (East Chapel Hill Sophomore) who has improved to 11′ this season, with an 17″ PR.

Coach Jose has three children, Jose San Miguel (Cardinal Gibbons, High Point University), Sofia San Miguel (Cardinal Gibbons, App State), and a 10 year old son Antonio San Miguel who all have or currently pole vault. Coach Jose himself pole vaulted for the University of Tennessee and the Puerto Rican National Team.

In addition to coaching, Pole Vault Carolina is a silver level dealer for Gill Athletics and is currently running a promotion for North Carolina High Schools: Buy 2 Poles get 1 free or buy 3 Poles get 2 free. Freight is $99 to NC. More information can be found by emailing Coach Jose at and is also posted on our forums here. Pole Vault Carolina also sells used …

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Published in Vaulter magazine, June 1, 2016

Diamara Planell

Diamara Planell after winning the silver medal at the Ibero American Athletic Championships, 2016

by Adele Correale San Miguel

When Diamara Planell Cruz vaulted the Olympic A standard on April 16, 2016, a small commonwealth in the Caribbean rejoiced.

After clearing 4.5 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays in California, Diamara (dee-ah-mar-a) became the 18th athlete to join the delegation from her native Puerto Rico, and the first woman to compete in the pole vault for the island in the Olympic Games.

A 4-time All American, Diamara will graduate from the University of Washington, Seattle this month with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. Her achievements though, did not come in haste.

By the time Diamara was 16 years old she had exactly one recorded mark in the vault. Pole vault was still a male only sport in Puerto Rico and while she jumped an impressive 8’6” at her first meet, her coach did not want her to continue uncontested in an event that did not score for the team. For her junior and senior years, Diamara moved to California. It was there that she picked up a pole again, found a coach, and determinedly finished her high school career with a mark of 11’6”.

She hoped to compete for a Division 1 program, specifically for Coach Pat Licari at UW. But sometimes dreams are delayed.

Diamara Planell

Diamara Planell

New to the states and the confounding college process, Diamara was unable to gain admittance to UW the first time around. She attended San Jose City College for two years where she won the California State Community College title twice. Diamara stayed focused, and in the fall of 2014, transferred to UW-Seattle. Since then, she has been the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion for 2016, Pac-12 runner-up in 2015, and the Pac-12 champion, all while proudly competing for the Puerto Rican national team and holding the country’s record.

Diamara made this happen. This girl competes. Whether on the runway or in front of the media, Diamara is fully present. Her pole vault dreams intersected with Olympic opportunity because head games and self doubt have no place on her runway. She possesses the composed determination of a campeona, a champion. According to Coach Licari, she has that extra something when it comes to competing:

“Diamara is very talented and very competitive. She …

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